Dalrymple National Park Townsville

About Dalrymple

    Burdekin River, Dalrymple National Park.

    Burdekin River, Dalrymple National Park.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Park features

    Dalrymple National Park features some unique features of the Charters Towers region including ancient lava flows and the Burdekin River, the largest river in Queensland. In the dry season its sandy edges provide a lovely setting for camping.

    Mount Keelbottom can be seen rising 130m above the surrounding plain.

    Part of the old Dalrymple township site can be found in the park. It was one of the first inland settlements in northern Australia.

    Read more about nature, culture and history of Dalrymple National Park.

    Looking after the park

    Parks and forests protect Queensland's wonderful natural diversity and scenery. Help keep these places special by following these guidelines.

    • Preferably use a fuel stove for cooking.
    • Do not collect firewood from the park, bring your own clean, milled wood.
    • Stop the spread of weeds and pathogens. New introductions can spread and displace resident species and alter the local ecology. Before you leave home, clean your gear and regularly check your vehicle, bikes, camping gear, footwear and clothing for seeds. Remove, wrap and place seeds in your rubbish.
    • Domestic pets are not allowed in the national park—they disturb native wildlife and other campers.
    • Remember, plants and animals (dead or alive) are protected. Try not to trample plants when erecting your tent or walking.
    • Protect creeks and rivers. Avoid using soap, shampoo, toothpaste or detergent in freshwater creeks or rivers—they pollute the water. Wash yourself and your cooking utensils at least 50m from fresh water.
    • Bury human waste and toilet paper at least 15cm deep and 100m from water bodies and camp sites to guard against pollution and the spread of disease.
    • Leave no rubbish. Rubbish bins are not provided. Do not bury rubbish—take it with you when you leave.
    • Unlicensed trail-bike riders and drivers are not allowed in parks and forests. Riders and drivers must be licensed and vehicles must be fully registered.
    • Stay on the formed roads—off-road trail-bike riding, four-wheel driving and cycling are not allowed.
    • Avoid driving and riding on unsealed roads during and after heavy rains.
    • Respect park neighbours and visitors—ensure the noise and dust from your riding and driving doesn’t upset others.

    See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages Dalrymple National Park to conserve its natural, cultural and historic values.

    The national park will be managed in accordance with the Dalrymple National Park Management Plan (PDF, 617.2KB) .

    Tourism information links

    Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre
    www.visitcharterstowers.com.au
    74 Mosman Street, Charters Towers QLD 4820
    ph (07) 4761 5533
    email tourinfo@charterstowers.qld.gov.au

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.